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  • Pentagon awash in pink slips, preparing 800,000 civilian furloughs

    02/21/2013 3:31:23 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 229 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 20 Feb 13 | Kristina Wong
    The Defense Department on Wednesday officially notified Congress that it plans to begin furloughing its 800,000 civilian employees across the country if automatic spending cuts begin March 1, estimating the states would lose a total of $4.86 billion in workers’ wages this year. According to Pentagon estimates, among the hardest-hit states would be Virginia, which would have about 88,000 affected workers and salary losses of $660.9 million; California, with 62,600 workers and $419.7 million in lost wages; and Maryland, with 45,700 workers and $359.3 million in lost earnings. “This is not a Beltway phenomenon,” Jessica L. Wright, the acting undersecretary...
  • North Korean fashion, women are 'encouraged' to choose from 18 officially sanctioned hairstyles

    02/21/2013 3:30:05 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 73 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 21, 2013 | Tara Brady
    You won't see a North Korean woman sporting the Jennifer Aniston style blow-dry. That is because women are being encouraged to do their bit for the world's most conformist state - by getting a specially approved haircut. The bizarre campaign exhorts women to choose from one of 18 officially sanctioned hairstyles chosen by communist officials eager to clamp down on western influences. And judging by this display on the wall of a salon in the capital of Pyongyang, there are not many styles to choose from. With traditional Korean dress, women generally wear a straight style but with western clothes...
  • GOA Bringing Pro-gun Victim to Testify Before Congress

    02/21/2013 3:27:22 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 1 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 21, 2013 | AmmoLand staff
    Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Remember Patrick Purdy? He became a household name on January 17, 1989, when he perpetrated what was, up till then, the worst elementary school shooting up to that time. On that date, five innocent children lost their lives in Stockton, California, and 27 children were injured. Well, Rob Young was one of the children who were injured. Today he is a sworn law enforcement officer in the state of California. But unlike politically-appointed police chiefs who are in the news calling for tougher gun legislation, Rob has a different message. You see, Rob supports the Second Amendment...
  • After Sequestration, A Shocking Proportion Of Government Spending Will Be On Entitlements

    02/21/2013 3:24:54 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 21 Feb 13 | Walter Hickey
    Sequestration is the series of blunt, across the board cuts that go into effect March 1 and will shrink the size of the federal government over the next ten years. Several states will lose hundreds of thousands of jobs, the price of groceries could jump following USDA inspector furloughs, and the Congressional Budget Office reported that the austerity measures could initiate a recession. What's more, sequestration accomplishes a pathetic amount over ten years, all things considered. It was designed to cut spending on things that constitute core government functions — money for infrastructure, schools and national defense. Social Security, Medicaid...
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  • French minister hits back at 'three hour day' attack

    02/21/2013 3:23:44 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/21/2013 | Dennis Mitzner
    The French industry minister who received a letter lambasting his country's work ethic has retaliated by telling the US boss who sent the insulting epistle that he has "a perfect ignorance" of France. Arnaud Montebourg, minister for industrial renewal in France, was subject to a written barrage of abuse from Maurice Taylor, chief executive of US tyremaker Titan, after the French politician appealed for financial support for an ailing Goodyear factory. Mr Taylor berated French workers for putting in just "three hours" a day, and said his company would be "stupid" to invest in the loss-making tyre plant in Amiens,...
  • The Eight Greatest Absurdities of Obama’s Second Term

    02/21/2013 3:21:07 PM PST · by Hoodat · 7 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 21 Feb 2013, 4:36 pm | Keith Koffler
    President Obama’s second term is only a month old, and already the absurdities are piling up. In fact, it’s making me dizzy. Hold the phone while I swallow a Dramadine. ********** Okay, that’s better. Oh wait a second, I took a Xanax. Oh, that’s okay, I need one of those too. Now, on to the absurdities. All White Houses have absurdities. Some more than others. Like this one. Covering the Obama White House is like heading into Area 51 every day for flying saucer flying lessons. 1. President Obama blames Republicans for the sequester when IT WAS HIS IDEA. OMG,...
  • "Virtual President" BILL WHITTLE "Virtual STATE OF THE UNION - 2013" [part one: talking about GUNS]

    02/21/2013 3:20:19 PM PST · by RonDog · 36 replies
    www.MrVirtualPresident.com/ ^ | February 21, 2013 | Bill Whittle [with commentary by RonDog]
    From www.mrvirtualpresident.com: GUNS (Virtual State of the Union - 2013) February 21, 2013 In this segment of his Virtual State of the Union, the Virtual President talks about why politicians want to talk about gun control rather than crime control, and delivers the factual evidence and historical truths that make the case for the Second Amendment self-evident... For the latest from The Virtual President go to www.mrvirtualpresident.com © 2013 Mr. Virtual President. All Rights Reserved.
  • New GOP sequester plan: Let Obama decide what to cut

    02/21/2013 3:19:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/21/2013 | AllahPundit
    It's headed straight down the toilet in the Senate but not half-bad as a PR ploy designed to show the party's reasonableness on cuts. GOP problem: Obama keeps complaining that the sequester is a blunt instrument that'll impose all sorts of hardships because it cuts spending indiscriminately, across the board. What we need are more targeted cuts aimed at agencies that are better prepared to cope with them. GOP solution: Let Obama and his agency chiefs pick the targets then. When people start complaining that they've been furloughed or that they have to wait in line at the airport for...
  • With Axelrod At NBC, The Politicos Become The Press

    02/21/2013 3:17:58 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 20 Feb 2013 | Editorial
    Press: As if media bias weren't troublesome enough, the ascent of President Obama's top strategist to a plum job at NBC creates an even bigger issue: that of the political establishment becoming the press. Where does it end? In a way, the hiring of David Axelrod as "senior political analyst" providing commentary at NBC seems like a fool's errand from a business standpoint. After all, the White House senior adviser has pretty much been giving NBC and other big media outlets commentary for free during the Obama administration, if the slavish pro-Obama media bias, as well as secretive media-political collaborations...
  • EU: US boss berates French for 'three-hour' working day

    02/21/2013 3:15:34 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/20/2013 | Denise Roland
    The boss of US tyremaker Titan has provoked outrage in France after mocking its workers for putting in only "three hours" a day and said his company would be "stupid" to take over an ailing French factory. Maurice Taylor, chief executive of Titan, berated the French work ethic in response to a request for the US company to consider investing in a loss-making Goodyear plant in Amiens, northern France, in an attack which has infuriated unions. "I have visited that factory a couple of times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but only works three hours," Mr Taylor wrote...
  • Woman indicted in fatal shooting after traffic accident

    02/21/2013 3:14:09 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 10 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 19, 2013 | Mike Glenn
    <p>A woman who said she fatally shot another motorist only when he attacked her after a traffic accident last year has been indicted on a murder charge.</p> <p>Authorities didn't charge 23-year-old Crystal Scott immediately after the shooting death last year of Jonathan Ables, but Harris County grand jurors apparently concluded there were still enough unanswered questions for the case to go to trial.</p>
  • Judge sentences Drew Peterson to 38 years in prison for murder

    02/21/2013 3:14:09 PM PST · by South40 · 5 replies
    Fox News (AP) ^ | February 21, 2013
    JOLIET, Ill. – Drew Peterson -- the swaggering former suburban Chicago police officer who gained notoriety after his much-younger fourth wife vanished in 2007 -- was sentenced to 38 years in prison on Thursday for murdering his third wife. Illinois does not have the death penalty, and the 59-year-old Peterson had faced a maximum 60-year prison term. The judge gave him four years' credit for time he has served since his arrest. Jurors convicted Peterson in September in Kathleen Savio's 2004 death. Neighbors found the 40-year-old's body in a dry bathtub at home with a gash on her head --...
  • Students who refuse to affirm transgender classmates face punishment

    02/21/2013 3:13:14 PM PST · by GeronL · 36 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | Todd Starnes
    Parents across Massachusetts are upset over new rules that would not only allow transgender students to use their restrooms of their choice – but would also punish students who refuse to affirm or support their transgender classmates. Last week the Massachusetts Department of Education issued directives for handling transgender students – including allowing them to use the bathrooms of their choice or to play on sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify. The 11-page directive also urged schools to eliminate gender-based clothing and gender-based activities – like having boys and girls line up separately to leave...
  • Let's Balance the Budget (John Stossel explains how he can do it)

    02/21/2013 3:08:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Reason ^ | 02/2011 | John Stossel
    The Congressional Budget Office says the current year's budget deficit will be a record $1.5 trillion. It also says that over the next decade we're on track for annual deficits of "only" $768 billion. I suspect the CBO has hired Rosy Scenario to do the bookkeeping, but let's take that number at face value. I'm now going to balance the budget, with the help of some experts. I'll begin with things I'm most eager to cut. Let's privatize air traffic control. Canada did it, and it works better. Then privatize Amtrak. Get rid of all subsidies for rail. That'll save...
  • Taxpayer-Supported Fisker Looking to China, Like A123

    02/21/2013 3:07:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 21, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Stimulus déjà vu-lishness lurks: Another “green” tech company that received hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars is financially troubled, seeks a buyer (or their preferred term – a “partner”), and China is ready to swoop in and buy up the remains on the cheap. And the same two Republican senators who slammed the last deal that went down like this are sickened again. The first time this happened it was electric car battery maker A123 Systems that set up a deal to get $249 million (plus other multimillion dollar grants) from U.S. taxpayers, who thengot left holding the bag when...
  • THE TRUTH ABOUT CHILDREN WITH 'GAY' PARENTS

    02/21/2013 2:59:10 PM PST · by fwdude · 13 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | January 6, 2013 | Charlie Butts
    A group of professors has debunked the research of a sociologist, finding that children with heterosexual parents do better in school than those raised by homosexuals. ... According to Allen, every time a study that claims no harm to children raised by same-gender couples is released, it has been successfully disputed when put under a microscope.
  • Pope Benedict retired after inquiry into 'Vatican gay officials', says paper

    02/21/2013 2:41:14 PM PST · by RummyChick · 18 replies
    guardian ^ | 2/21 | john hooper
    A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom – the report said – were being blackmailed by outsiders. The pope's spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report, which was carried by the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica. The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign – the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called "Vatileaks" affair. Last May Pope Benedict's butler, Paolo...
  • AP To Use ‘Husband, Wife’ Regardless Of Sexual Orientation

    02/21/2013 2:40:27 PM PST · by Salman · 80 replies
    TPM ^ | Thursday February 21, 2013 | Pema Levy
    <p>The Associated Press on Thursday updated its stylebook so that married individuals will be referred to as husband and wife, regardless of whether they are in a same-sex marriage. The change comes a week after the AP received criticism for an internal memo designating the word "partners" for individuals in same-sex marriages.</p>
  • NYT Tries Again to Sell Off Struggling Boston Globe (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/21/2013 2:36:23 PM PST · by abb · 17 replies
    News Busters ^ | February 21, 2013 | Matthew Sheffield
    The New York Times Company, owners of the Boston Globe newspaper, is once again trying to find someone to take the struggling Massachusetts newspaper off its hands. The Times previously tried to sell the Globe in 2009 but canceled the sale process after it received concessions from is unions (love the irony there). More from Reuters: The sale is expected to come at a big loss. Ken Doctor, an analyst with Outsell Research, estimated that the Globe could fetch about $150 million. The New York Times paid $1.1 billion for the newspaper in 1993. The New York Times is putting...
  • Hyderabad Bomb Blasts: Two Deadly Explosions Leave Terror Cloud over India

    02/21/2013 2:35:28 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    Time ^ | Thursday, February 21, 2013 | Krista Mahr
    At least 12 people have been killed and scores injured in twin bomb blasts on Thursday that authorities believe may have been a terrorist attack in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. There has been no official confirmation as to the nature of the blasts, but government officials have said they was carried out by a “well-trained” group and were coordinated. Local media reports that the blasts comes two days after government security agencies sent an advisory to states to tighten security in light of potential threats from militant groups operating in the region related to the recent state executions...
  • Hyderabad Bomb Blasts: Two Deadly Explosions Leave Terror Cloud over India

    02/21/2013 2:35:16 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    Time ^ | Thursday, February 21, 2013 | Krista Mahr
    At least 12 people have been killed and scores injured in twin bomb blasts on Thursday that authorities believe may have been a terrorist attack in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. There has been no official confirmation as to the nature of the blasts, but government officials have said they was carried out by a “well-trained” group and were coordinated. Local media reports that the blasts comes two days after government security agencies sent an advisory to states to tighten security in light of potential threats from militant groups operating in the region related to the recent state executions...
  • Bill to seek 10% solar energy standard(MN)

    02/21/2013 2:34:33 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 2-21-13 | Leslie Brooks Suzukamo
    Minnesota should have a mandate for using solar energy similar to the one it has for using renewable wind energy, say backers of a pair of bills to be filed Thursday in the State Legislature. The bills would require the state's utilities to produce 10 percent of electricity from solar energy by 2030. A solar standard would raise present utility rates by 1 percent per year, starting with the first year, and be borne by ratepayers, its backers said in a news conference at the State Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 20. But legislators sponsoring the Solar Energy Jobs Act emphasized it...
  • Ex-Obamacare foe Gov. Rick Scott waves white flag on Medicaid expansion

    02/21/2013 2:33:06 PM PST · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    When the history of President Obama’s drive for national health care is written, there are several moments that will be looked back upon as having cemented the law in place. There were “conservative” Democrats Ben Nelson and Bart Stupak dropping their objections to Obamacare to get the legislation across the finish line. There was Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the Supreme Court’s liberals to uphold the constitutionality of the law. There was President Obama’s reelection victory, which crushed any feasible path to full repeal. On Thursday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s delivered yet another blow to opponents to Obamacare by...
  • White Britons now a minority in London

    02/21/2013 2:24:41 PM PST · by tgusa · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Feb 21 | Jack Doyle
    More than 600,000 white British Londoners have left the capital in a decade. Census figures show that between 2001 and 2011 the level of ‘white flight’ reached 620,000. It is the equivalent of a city the size of Glasgow – made up entirely of white Britons – moving out of the capital.
  • President Obama To Rev. Sharpton: "Best Of Times And The Worst Of Times For African Americans"

    02/21/2013 2:21:16 PM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    http://nation.foxnews.com/ ^ | February 21, 2013 | FOX News
    President Obama gave his take on Black History Month during an interview conducted with Al Sharpton this afternoon.
  • Thank you JIm

    02/21/2013 2:17:52 PM PST · by PeaRidge · 31 replies
    Thank you very much for the hard work. A day without FR is difficult.
  • Obama reaches out to Boehner, McConnell on sequester

    02/21/2013 2:16:45 PM PST · by South40 · 11 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | 2/21/2013
    For the first time since the waning days of the "fiscal cliff" battle in late December, President Obama reached out to congressional Republican leaders to talk about next week's impending budget cuts known as the sequester. "He placed calls earlier today to [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell and [House] Speaker [John] Boehner," White House spokesman Jay Carney announced today. "Had good conversations, but I have no further readout of those calls for you." Both Boehner's and McConnell's offices confirmed the calls took place but neither would give details about what was discussed.
  • LIMBAUGH: For the First Time in My Life, I Am Ashamed of My Country

    02/21/2013 2:12:52 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH:  Folks, I'm sorry here.  I can't help but think that we are all being played for a bunch of fools, a bunch of suckers on this sequester business.  I don't know.  Are you like me?  Do you really think 800,000 people are gonna lose their jobs in the Pentagon because we cut $22 billion?  Do you really think air traffic control's gonna shut down?  Do you really think there aren't gonna be any meat inspectors?  Do you really think that all of these horror stories are going to happen?  I don't.  I feel like I've been here. ...
  • Are we up?!

    02/21/2013 2:09:27 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 226 replies
    Woo hoo!!
  • Retail Apocalypse: Why Are Major Retail Chains All Over America Collapsing?

    02/18/2013 10:38:21 AM PST · by blam · 79 replies
    TEC ^ | 2-18-2013 | Michael Snyder
    Retail Apocalypse: Why Are Major Retail Chains All Over America Collapsing? By Michael Snyder February 17th, 2013 If the economy is improving, then why are many of the largest retail chains in America closing hundreds of stores? When I was growing up, Sears, J.C. Penney, Best Buy and RadioShack were all considered to be unstoppable retail powerhouses. But now it is being projected that all of them will close hundreds of stores before the end of 2013. Even Wal-Mart is running into problems. A recent internal Wal-Mart memo that was leaked to Bloomberg described February sales as a "total disaster"....
  • After 148 years, Mississippi finally ratifies 13th Amendment, which banned slavery

    02/18/2013 10:24:26 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 29 replies
    CBS ^ | February 18, 2013
    The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, was ratified in 1865. Lawmakers in Mississippi, however, only got around to officially ratifying the amendment last month -- 148 years later -- thanks to the movie "Lincoln." The state's historical oversight came to light after Mississippi resident Ranjan Batra saw the Steven Spielberg-directed film last November, the Clarion-Ledger reports.After watching the film, which depicts the political fight to pass the 13th Amendment, Batra did some research. He learned that the amendment was ratified after three-fourths of the states backed it in December 1865. Four remaining states all eventually ratified the...
  • Iranian Nuclear Chief Observed Korean Nuke Test

    02/18/2013 10:18:30 AM PST · by edpc · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 18 Feb 2013 | JPost Staff
    The alleged father of Iran's nuclear program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, is believed to have been present in North Korea last week in order to observe its third nuclear test, Britain's The Sunday Times reported citing Western intelligence sources. According to the sources, Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi was responsible for the development of a warhead "small enough to fit on to one of the ballistic missiles developed by Iran from North Korean prototypes," the report stated.
  • The Final Economic Countdown

    02/18/2013 10:16:44 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-18-2013 | Alasdair Macleod
    The Final Economic Countdown Politics / Global EconomyFebruart 18, 2013 - 12:11 PM GMT By: Alasdair Macleod Governments have refused to accept the necessity of a period of economic re-adjustment following the credit-bubble. The bubble burst about five years ago and economic progress has been effectively suspended ever since. The consequences of this refusal to accept reality are at a minimum to make this adjustment unnecessarily drawn out and needlessly painful, without offering a better eventual outcome. Reduced to its bare bones, the choice has been either to accept that unviable businesses and over-extended banks must go bust, or to...
  • Obama Seeking to Boost Study of Human Brain

    02/18/2013 10:10:58 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 18 replies
    NYT ^ | 2/18/2013 | John Markoff
    The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics. The project, which the administration has been looking to unveil as early as March, will include federal agencies, private foundations and teams of neuroscientists and nanoscientists in a concerted effort to advance the knowledge of the brain’s billions of neurons and gain greater insights into perception, actions and, ultimately, consciousness.
  • Muslim Preacher Urges Followers To Claim 'Jihad Seeker's Allowance' (Welfare)

    02/18/2013 10:05:41 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-18-2013 | Melanie Hall
    Muslim Preacher Urges Followers To Claim 'Jihad Seeker's Allowance'A Muslim preacher is secretly filmed urging followers to take benefits from the state to fund a holy war. Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary. Photo: RAY TANG/REX By Melanie HallThe Telegraph (UK) 3:21PM GMT 17 Feb 2013 Anjem Choudary was secretly filmed mocking non-Muslims for working in 9-5 jobs their whole lives, and told followers that some revered Islamic figures had only ever worked one or two days a year. “The rest of the year they were busy with jihad [holy war] and things like that,” he said. “People will say, ‘Ah, but...
  • Gas Prices Soar 51 Cents in Just Two Months

    02/18/2013 10:03:56 AM PST · by george76 · 73 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 18, 2013 | Julia Seymour
    Per gallon cost has risen every business day for a month. Consumers are taking another huge hit in 2013. First, the two percent Social Security tax hike began the year. Now, gas prices are soaring ever closer to $4 a gallon and have jumped 51 cents a gallon since Dec. 20. According to the Oil Price Information Service, the national average for a gallon of unleaded was $3.21.9 on Dec. 20, 2012. Today, that price is $3.73.0. While there has been a steady increase, prices shot almost 9 cents just over the weekend. ... It took the media some time...
  • Washington gun bill includes annual home inspections

    02/18/2013 9:58:18 AM PST · by cap10mike · 20 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | February 18, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    December’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has prompted lawmakers across the country to propose stringent gun laws. Washington state legislators now say maybe they’ve gone too far. Washington’s SB 5737 – 2013-14, introduced Feb.13 by three Seattle Democrats, like many similar bills, includes an outright assault weapons ban. Individuals already possessing an assault weapon are “allowed” to retain them, but with the proviso that the owners submit themselves to annual police home inspections. “They always say, we’ll never go house to house to take your guns away,” said Lance Palmer, a Seattle trial lawyer and self-described liberal to...
  • Price of Gallon of Gas Up 96% Under Obama

    02/18/2013 9:57:06 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 12, 2013 | Matt Cover
    The average price of a gallon of gas has increased 96 percent since Barack Obama first took office in 2009, according to figures from the Energy Information Agency (EIA). According to EIA data, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the United States was $1.838 on Jan. 19, 2009--the day before Obama took office. As of Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, the per-gallon price had risen to an average of $3.611--an increase of 96 percent. ... Gas prices have never been this high in early February in American history
  • Virginia’s Gun Ban Bob McDonnell Strikes Again

    02/18/2013 9:50:37 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 13 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 18, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Virginia --(Ammoland.com)- This VGOC action alert contains: 1. An urgent call to Action to Stop Gun Ban Governor Bob McDonnell’s last minute legislative plan to sneak new gun bans past gun owners. Please use the message below to call the Governor as soon as possible. 2. A cut, copy and paste email to be sent to key legislators who can stop Bob McDonnell’s SB 1377 and SB 1378. Both bills are designed to entrap and severely punish innocent, unsuspecting gun owners in brand new gun crime traps. 3. An urgent request for a donation to your VGOC to help fund...
  • Woman killed same day sister hears Obama speak of gun violence

    02/18/2013 9:38:06 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | 2-17-13 | Carlos Sadovi
    Hours after Destini Warren, 14, attended President Barack Obama’s speech against gun violence Friday, her family learned of a terrible irony. Destini’s sister, Janay McFarlane, 18, was the victim of the very thing that the President was condemning at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago. McFarlane, of the 8900 block of South Lowe Avenue, was visiting friends and family in North Chicago when she was shot on her way to a store in the northern suburb, her family said.
  • Steroids found at Blade Runner’s mansion Cops find bloodied cricket bat too

    02/18/2013 9:29:55 AM PST · by Dave346 · 21 replies
    The Sun ^ | 2/18/13 | NICK PARKER
    BANNED steroid drugs were found in Oscar Pistorius’s house after he shot dead lover Reeva Steenkamp. Police also discovered a blood-stained cricket bat in the Blade Runner’s mansion in Pretoria, South Africa — and evidence of heavy drinking before the 3am shooting. Cops are now probing a theory that Pistorius may have blasted Reeva in an explosion of fury caused by the performance-boosting steroids. They are investigating whether murder suspect Pistorius was in the grip of “roid rage” — a side-effect of high doses of the outlawed drugs. Officers who searched the 26-year-old’s home after lover Reeva was killed in...
  • NY STATE SENATOR: Alec Baldwin Should Be Blacklisted from Hollywood (for racist outburst)

    02/18/2013 9:28:11 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    TMZ ^ | 2/18/13 | TMZ
    A New York State Senator is begging Hollywood -- both TV & movie producers -- to SUSPEND Alec Baldwin from all projects ... in the wake of allegations he spewed a racist epithet at a NY photog. State Senator Malcolm Smith tells TMZ ... he was outraged after hearing reports that the former "30 Rock" star lashed out at a black photographer, calling him a "coon" and a "drug dealer."
  • Missouri Dems: Let’s Just Force Gun Owners to Surrender, Destroy Their Weapons

    02/18/2013 9:26:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 2/18/13 | Leah Barkoukis
    Why wait for the supply to dry up over time when you could just force gun owners to surrender or destroy their weapons immediately? Missouri Democrats think it’s a good idea: Democrats in the state House have proposed a bill that would force gun owners to either surrender or destroy weapons including semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and semi-automatic pistols with a fixed magazine that can shoot more than 10 rounds before being reloaded. Ammunition-feeding devices that can hold more than 10 rounds also would be banned. Owners also could send their weapons to another state instead of surrendering or...
  • EU eases sanctions on Zimbabwe

    02/18/2013 9:19:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18, 2013 10:56 AM EST
    The European Union is easing sanctions against Zimbabwe in light of an agreement by the country’s political parties on a draft constitution and the announcement of a referendum on it. … The foreign ministers call on all political parties to “maintain the momentum allowing for the holding of democratic elections later this year.” …
  • Nurses protest hospital closings

    02/18/2013 9:18:38 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Times Union ^ | February 16, 2013 | Kristen V. Brown
    Members of the New York State Nurses Association gathered at the Capitol on Saturday to protest the closure of community hospitals. The group also opposes a plan for an "experimental" for-profit hospital pilot program laid out in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal. The protest, in front of the state Department of Health headquarters in the Corning Tower, comes on the heels of a vote earlier this month to close Brooklyn's cash-strapped Long Island College Hospital, which is run by SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and the news that Brooklyn's bankrupt Interfaith Medical Center will merge with another hospital. ... New York...
  • Mexican economy grew by 3.8% in 2012

    02/18/2013 9:14:01 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/18/2013 | Staff
    MEXICO CITY, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Mexico's growth picked up in the final months of last year as strength in consumer spending buoyed Latin America's no. 2 economy but a fall in industrial activity backed bets on lower interest rates ahead. Mexico's economy grew 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the third, double the previous quarter's downwardly revised 0.38 percent rate, the national statistics agency said on Monday. Economists in a Reuters poll had projected a 0.6 percent expansion in the fourth quarter.
  • ALEC BALDWIN Allegedly Threatens Reporter, Hurls Racial Slur at Photog (Capital One must be proud!)

    02/18/2013 9:13:50 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    TMZ ^ | 2/19/13 | TMZ
    Alec Baldwin was involved in another confrontation with the media ... after he allegedly threatened to choke a reporter to death and hurled a racial slur at a photographer. -snip- Baldwin then turned the Post's photographer -- who they say is black and a retired detective with the NYPD's Organized Crime Control Bureau -- and allegedly called him "a coon," "crackhead" and "drug dealer."
  • Women in Combat: Felony Stupid

    02/18/2013 9:11:08 AM PST · by jimluke01 · 53 replies
    TownHall.com ^ | Matt Barber
    The term “moronic” is defined as “notably stupid or lacking in good judgment.” It is frequently used as an insult. The Obama administration is moronic. This is not an insult. President Obama’s latest “notably stupid” stoke of America’s calculated slow burn is the decision to lift the ban on women in direct combat. Along with the move a few years back to turn the Officers’ Club into the Blue Oyster Bar, this most recent social experiment with national security represents one small step for the “progressive” agenda and one giant prance toward the pansification of the greatest military in world...
  • Oklahoma: Legislative Update: Week of February 17

    02/18/2013 9:05:01 AM PST · by aragorn · 7 replies
    Oklahoma Second Amendment Association ^ | February 18, 2013 | Tim Gillespie
    Legislative Update: Week of February 17 The following bills are expected to be heard in committee this week.  Please take time to email or call committee members and ask them to support them.House Rules Committee (Tuesday at 3:00 pm in Room 432A):HB1558 (Rep Wesselhoft) - will allow SDA permit holders to carry on a bus. HB2221 (Rep Newell) - provides immunity from liability for businesses who allow open and concealed carry.Rules Committee members: Chair: Representative Todd Russ - 405-557-7312 - todd.russ@okhouse.gov Vice Chair: Representive Marian Cooksey - 405-557-7342 - mariancooksey@okhouse.gov Representative Joe Dorman - 405-557-7342 - joedorman@okhouse.gov Representative Weldon Watson...